Deidre - posted on 11/03/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )
Yea, my daughter is having major lack of sleep issues which is in turn giving me lack of sleep issues...
Is anyone else dealing with this? Suggestions? I really feel like I've tried everything.
She is currently not going down for a nap after wanting to start her day at 2:30am this morning. I shouldn't even consider that morning, that is still night time when we should be sleeping.
She's not sick though she was sick 1wk ago today, a 24hr bug. She started doing this a day or two before that though.
In the past she's been known to wake up around this time and I'd just be able to get her back to sleep in about 15min or less. No biggie, I can deal with that. It sucks but it is NOTHING compared to her not wanting to go back to sleep at that time and waking up.
I've tried letting her cry when she wakes up at that time. I did it about 3-4 nights in a row and she would scream for 2+ hours each time before finally either passing out or starting to play. That's not really a route I like to take but I really feel like I'm out of options! I can't put her to bed any earlier and putting her to bed later, she still wakes up at that time with even LESS sleep.
Her normal bedtime is 6:30pm, asleep by 6:30pm that is. Pretty early, I know, it feels like it is a good/normal time for a toddler to go to bed though. If she were sleeping twelve hours at night 6:30am would be WONDERFUL for her to wake up. With our family's lifestyle that is actually a little bit later than perfect.
She doesn't though, she is now waking up at 2:30. I even put her to bed at 7:30 the other night to make up for Daylight Saving Time and she still woke up at 2:30 (well, 3:30 but I adjusted the time). I know it's not enough sleep at night, everyone on the planet should know that is not enough night time sleep for a toddler, I don't really care if you have anything to say about it possibly being enough sleep, I know it isn't. I've had a few people tell me maybe she is ready for no nap at all, I know she still needs a nap during the day though, so I'm not going to get rid of that and have my kid pass out at every turn just to have her STILL not sleep much at night. Yea, sounds like a great idea to make my child super sleep deprived and help her get really sick because of it.
Sorry, I didn't quite mean to go off like that but you know what I mean.
I need to know if someone has gone through this before and has any ideas of WHAT can POSSIBLY be making her do this and what I can do to help the situation.